Tenth Annual Cow of the Year Contest
Do you have a special animal on your farm? Is she a high producer, great flush cow, excellent brood cow, or just one that is a favorite for your family? The Cow of the year contest is for you. You can nominate any animal that you think deserves Cow of the Year recognition in Missouri.

This is a reminder of the requirements to participate. The winner will be voted on in the December Pulsator newsletter and the winner will be announced at the State Holstein Convention in January. A special traveling trophy and a personal award will be given.

2017 Requirements:

  1. Animal has to be bred & owned by nominator and be 87% RHA. May be adult or junior owned.
  2. Animal has to be alive on 1/1/17
  3. The animal must be nominated in any one of the four issues of the Pulsator Newsletter OR the Mid-States Holstein News with or without photos with indication of nomination in ad. Any size ad qualifies, but it must include the cow of the year logo in the ad.
  4. The animal must be a milking age female.
  5. Ballots will be in the Pulsator after the December Mid-States. Each paid adult or junior member, age 9 and up by January 1st (the year of the nominations) can vote. The ballots will include birthdates. Results will be given at the State Convention.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: The December issue of the Pulsator and the Mid-States is the final edition that an animal can be nominated for Cow of the Year. Remember you must have an ad to nominate your cow.

Nominate your Cow of the Year in the Pulsator this year!
Deadline to nominate in the Midstates is Nov 20
Pulsator deadline is Dec 1.


Click on the image below to view the Catalog in full size. When you are finished looking at it, click on the white X in the middle/top part of the screen or press the ESC button on your keyboard to return to this page.

September Pulsator Click on this link to open the pdf: May take some time to download.


Would you like to know more about or enter the 2020 Futurity?

Do you have a nice young calf that is out of one of your good cow families? Do you think she might turn out to be a good cow someday? Well the Sho-Me Holstein Futurity is for YOU!

The Missouri Holstein Futurity consists of a one-time entry fee of $25 when calves are nominated and the cattle will be shown as Three-Year Olds.

All of the money collected for entry fees is split between the cattle shown the final year on a percentage basis. All of the extra money raised each year from donors is divided equally among all the entrants that show in the futurity.

So, if you have some heifers that were born between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017 then click on the 2020 3-Yr-Old Futurity Form below. Entries will be due February 1, 2018. Print form and submit all entries and monies by FEBRUARY 1, 2018.

If you have any questions or would like me to mail you a form just fill out the request for information form at the bottom of the page.


2020 3 Yr Old Futurity Form (print on legal paper)
for heifers born Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017

You will need Acrobat reader to view Futurity forms. You can download a free copy from Adobe Reader



A Limited Opportunity for Elite Genetics
January 19, 2018

Get ready for the Missouri State CONVENTION Sale, January 19, 2018 in Springfield, MO. This sale is an opportunity to purchase a limited amount of high quality select cattle. Offerings will include limited live lots along with embryos and picks of flushes.

Consignments for this sale are being accepted now! Call a member of the sale staff below if you have an animal or choice to be considered.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to purchase high quality cattle!

Sale Staff:
Jason Ewing 417-689-2016
Mike Wilson 417-825-0161
Nelson Hostetler 417-327-7001
Brad Groves 417-880-7012
Larry Wright 417-300-4835
Tim Ewing, Hol USA 417-818-6455




Several people are planning on attending as many meetings as possible to help inform members of activities and plans: Jodi Wright, Secretary; Shannon Kleiboeker, Jr Advisor; Tim Ewing, Holstein Field Rep; Brad Groves, President. Meetings are scheduled for November.

Please come with information regarding your State Convention Sale consignements. The committee is accepting and compiling consignments NOW. You will be involved in early advertising the sooner you consign! Thank you.

Monday, November 13 South Central District
12 Noon, Mtn. Grove, Pizza Hut

Monday, November 13 Southeast District
7 PM, New Delmonicos Restaurant, Jackson, MO

Tuesday, November 14 Northeast Central District
12 Noon, Lucky's Cafe, Edina
(116N 4th St, @ 4-way, turn right. Lucky's is on the NE corner of the Courthouse Square)

Tuesday, November 14 West Central District
7 PM, Branding Iron, Harrisonville, MO

Wednesday, November 15 Southwest District
12 Noon, Republic, MO, Heady's BBQ
(573 Elm St. Republic, next to McAlisters and Village Inn)


State 4-H Dairy Judging Team Excels at World Dairy Expo and Earns Trip to Europe!

3rd Place Team Overall National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest
This qualifies the team to attend the contest in Europe!
Grant Groves, Lora Wright, Ellie Wantland, Daryin Sharp

It’s been quite a day! A good, but tough National 4-H Dairy Judging contest. We don’t have the details of all the results yet due to an error in the printouts, but this team set a goal two years ago and made it a reality today. We are Europe bound!

3rd place team overall, again behind Wisconsin and Maryland!

2 All-Americans- Lora Wright 6th and Ellie Wantland 9th

Ayrshire - Grant Groves 10th, team 4th
Brown Swiss - Lora 2nd, team 7th
Guernsey-Lora 4th, team 5th
Holstein - Grant 9th, team 2nd
Jersey - Ellie 3rd, team 5th
Placings - Ellie 5th, Lora 8th
Reasons- Lora 10th, team 3rd (best team finish )

More photos and results as soon as they are available. Thanks to all our sponsors!! We couldn’t have done this without you!

State 4-H Dairy Judging Team Seeking to Replace Funds

The Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging Team is seeking annual donors to support the travel experiences of the team. We recently lost a large annual sponsor, and need to replace approximately $3500 of our annual budget in addition to funding the continued judging of the team in Europe in 2018.

We chose to contact you and ask for your assistance because you know first hand what being a part of a judging team means to young people. In fact, during the survey we conducted in 2013, former Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging Team members told us how important that experience was to their development. We had nearly a 50% return rate on our survey, and 80% of participants strongly agreed that their 4-H dairy judging experience had increased their communication and public speaking skills. Seventy-eight percent of respondents strongly agreed their 4-H dairy judging team experience had increased their presentation skills, and 70% strongly agreed their 4-H dairy judging team experience helped them in meeting new people.

We appreciate your willingness to partner with us to continue this legacy for the MO 4-H Dairy Judging Team. Your financial contribution of $100, $250 or $500 is fully tax deductible. Won’t you consider helping us by completing the attached pledge card today? Thank you in advance for your support of Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging!

Karla Deaver and Ted Probert 417-466-3102 or 417-741-6134 deaverk@missouri.edu or probertt@missouri.edu

Click Here to View Letter and Sponsorship Card

Women In Dairy

Separate November Meeting ~ Breeding Workshop

Calling all WOMEN IN DAIRY!! Breeding Seminar - November 8
SC District - RSVP ASAP!

South Central Group - Fruit Experiment Station - Breeding Techniques including a hands on lab!
Southwest Group - Social Lunch, 11 AM - Hanger Cafe, Miller, MO

Questions or to RSVP contact Reagan Bluel 41-847-3161, MU Dairy Extension

Helping another pass a breeding rod

Trying to pass a breeding rod

Reagan Bluel, Extension Specialist
Reagan dissecting one reproductive tract while members work on the other reproductive tract.

Reagan Bluel, Extension Specialist
Reagan sharing WID info at the July meeting at College of the Ozarks.

Reagan Bluel, sharing about Women in Dairy
at College of the Ozarks.

Click on Image below to view full size


Farm bill programs to keep or revise drew
talks at MU Farm Bill Summit

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Farm bill programs received fresh looks and reality checks during daylong discussions at a Missouri Farm Bill Summit, Oct. 18 at University of Missouri Bradford Farm. A new farm bill, due in 2018, needs input from Missourians, says Scott Brown, MU economist and event organizer. “We look at what works and what needs change.” The day opened with economic outlooks on crop and livestock sides of the economy. Pat Westhoff, director of the MU Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) showed volatility brought by the drought of 2012. Farm prices plunged and then soared. Current outlook shows declining farm income. Farm bills provide safety nets for farmers. Scott Brown, MU livestock economist, noted the volatility in meat and dairy sectors. However, growing demand from foreign buyers, particularly for quality, adds stability. Both economists told of needs for support, insurance and risk management in farm programs. The broad impact isn’t assistance for farmers but assurance of a constant, plentiful, safe food supply for all. Outlooks remain uncertain from weather, disease and unforeseen risks. Government supports remain needed in the next farm bill, which covers the next multiyear law.

Many speakers reframed talk about the farm bill. It’s not just for farmers. “When rural areas thrive, the state of Missouri thrives,” said Marshall Stewart, director of MU Extension. Much in the farm bill concerns education. It supports the land-grant universities, which cover teaching, research and extension. In a welcome at noon, MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright, on the job just over two months, expanded on the education role. MU reaches all counties in the state. He told his new insight: “We are the University FOR Missouri.”

Elected officials took part in the event, a listening session. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Harrisonville, moderated panel discussions and took a tablet full of notes. She is Missouri’s representative on the House Agriculture Committee, which already holds hearings on the 2018 farm bill. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., spoke by video. He said Missouri’s location puts it in prime position in the U.S. economy. He noted the benefit of that location for the nation. He added the need for infrastructure aid. Legislators noted inputs from MU policy analysts in previous farm bills. Farm groups were included in roundtable talks on crops and livestock. They were joined by representatives from both rural development and conservation.

Reality checks popped up in funding talks. The federal budget now in Congress affects all farm bill programs. Also, issues hashed out in the House and Senate must then be signed by the president. Delays can happen. A theme in all panels was need for citizen input. “What’s working and what’s not?” they asked. A lot can be left unchanged. Talks ranged beyond down-on-the-farm issues. Needs for infrastructure, from broadband internet to highway networks, were noted. Those help farm markets but also aid consumers.

On conservation, the necessity of grasslands to protect soil and water was noted. Conservation Reserve Program acreage dropped sharply in recent years. Conservationists noted that with their soil, water and natural resources, farmers are front-line environmentalists. Discussions were based on a system used years ago in MU Breimyer Conferences. Specialists talk and then attendees ask questions. One questioner doubted need for welfare food plans. Consensus of panelists was that without the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, there would be no farm bill. A rural-urban divide applies in farm-bill politics. “The discussion has begun,” Brown says. “Citizens have the ear of elected officials in Washington.”

PULSATOR - December 2017

Dec 1 Deadline: Advertise COW OF THE YEAR Nomination!

Advertise your Cattle for Sale or place a Farm Ad


Missouri Holstein is excited to announce we will provide advertising in the Pulsator Newsletter. The next issue will be coming out in March. Both full color and Black and White ad options are available and very affordable. Circulation is across the entire state of Missouri consisting of over 200 dairy farmers.

Do you have seed or hay to sell? Cattle that you would like to move? Bulls to sell or are you needing some springers? This is the place for you. We would love to help you with your advertising needs. We can take your ideas and design your ad.

Full Page (8.5" x 11") - $100
Half Page - $50
Quarter Page - $30

Full Page (8.5" x 11") - $80
Half Page - $40
Quarter Page - $20

Click Here for Ad details and reservation form

Contact Secretary, Jodi Wright ASAP to place your ad. 417-743-2921-2679 or jwright@missouriholstein.com



For those enrolled in the 2017 USDA Margin Protection Program,
July / August was $9.67

Historical MPP margins are listed below.

Click here for historical MPP margins, will be updated monthly.




Adult membership dues are a flat fee of $50.00 per herd prefix.
For each additional individual member per prefix, an additional $25.00 per person.
Those adult members who do not own cattle pay $25.00 per membership.
Junior members pay $5.00 per membership.
Removed from Holstein USA Membership March 15.
Late Fee of $10.00 per adult membership April 15 or later.

A paid State Membership will reduce your registration fees 
and other Holstein Service fees. State Memberships are renewed annually for both Adult & Junior Members.

JUNIORS: If you are a Junior only member (your parents are not state association members, and you wish to receive the Mid-States Magazine then you must include $5 additional (per family) with your junior dues in order to receive the Mid-States.

Membership registration forms are available for download - Click HERE.
Please send completed forms and a check payable
to Missouri Holstein Association to:

Missouri Holstein Association
Jodi Wright, Secretary/Treasurer
11449 Lawrence 2220
Verona, MO 65769

For questions or more information, email  jwright@missouriholstein.com


Or you can PAY ONLINE (click here)


If you need a Missouri state member's phone, email
or address click on the link below.

2017 Missouri Membership List - By District

2017 Missouri Membership List - By Last Name



Nov. 6 Mid-East Fall National, Louisville, KY, Judge Justin Burdette, PA

November 8 Women in Dairy: SC - Breeding; SW - Lunch
November 10 Mid-States Ad deadline

November 13-15 State District Meetings

November 20 Cow of the Year Ads to Kate Geppert

December 1 Cow of the Year Ad Deadline - Pulsator

December 1 Ad deadline for Pulsator to Jodi

December 1 State Convention Sale - Consignment deadline

December 8 Junior Award Deadline - Postmarked to Shannon Kleiboeker
December 13 Women in Dairy - Combined Wreath Making

December 15 Deadline to Signup for MPP 2018


January 15 DFA Cares Scholarship Due
January 15 Southwest Regional Holstein Show, Ft. Worth, TX
January 19 Missouri State Convention Sale
January 18 - 20 State Convention / Heart of America Dairy Expo
February 1 Missouri State Futurity Entries Due
February 15 NHWSO Scholarship Applications due
Scholarship rules & application
March 1, 2018 MDA Dairy Scholars Scholarship Applications due
Scholarship rules & application
Scholarship details
April 3 - 8 Southern Spring National, Stillwater

National Holstein Convention 2012 http://www.holsteinconvention2012.com

Scholarship Listings http://www.hoards.com/youth/collegescholarships

Dairy Shrine Scholarships http://www.dairyshrine.org

FFA Scholarships http://www.ffa.org

Robthom Farm, Springfield, MO: http://www.robthom.com/

Groves-View Dairy http://www.grovesviewdairy.com

Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors: http://www.modairyhallofhonors.com/

Missouri Dairy Business Update: http://agebb.missouri.edu/modbu/index.htm

Missouri Dairymen’s Resource Guide: http://www.agebb.missouri.edu/dairy/

Genex Custom Collection Services: http://genex.crinet.com/page189/GenexCustomCollection

Missouri Dairy Association: http://www.missouridairy.org

Dairy Agenda Today: http://www.dairyagendatoday.com

Farms.com Classifieds-Post and search for everything farm related: livestock, feed and used equipment http://www.farms.com/classifieds

We would like to link our Missouri Holstein Members that have a webpage of their own to the Missouri Holstein Page. Would you like to have your page linked up with ours? Contact Jodi Wright through the feedback form and I'll explain how it will work. We'd love to have everyone listed. There is no cost to you for this service.


Brad Groves
Phone: 417-880-7012

Vice President
Tommy Scrivner

Jodi Wright
11449 Lawrence 2220
Verona, MO 65769

Director at Large
Nelson Hostetler


Mid-States Editor
Kate Geppert
5803 Redwing Dr.
Columbia, MO 65202

National Director
Dwight Rokey
2021 F Road
Sabetha, Kansas 66534

Holstein Field Representative
Tim Ewing
4784 State Hwy PP
Fordland, MO 65652
417-818-MILK (6455)


If you would like more information on the following:

  • Cattle Available to Sell
  • Cattle Wanted to Buy
  • Consign cattle to State Sale
  • Request catalog for State Sale
  • Advertising in Mid-States Publication
  • Subscribing to Mid-States Publication
  • Senior Membership
  • Junior Membership
  • Show Entry forms
  • Information on Missouri Sho-Me Futurity
  • Want to advertise on Breeders Page on our website
  • Would like to link farm to Missouri Website
  • Other

Please email your request for information to the following email. Include the items you are interested in, your name, address, phone, and email.  jwright@missouriholstein.com


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